Ebony Names M. D. Anderson's Jyric Sims One of "2008 Young Leaders of the Future"
List in the February Issue On Stands NowM. D. Anderson News Release 01/18/08
Recognized as a promising leader who pursues excellence in his career and uplifts his community, Jyric Sims, a hospital administrative fellow at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, has been named one of Ebony's "2008 Young Leaders of the Future."
Ebony, a monthly publication in circulation for more than 60 years, covers the lifestyles, culture and heritage of African-Americans in the United States. Its annual "Young Leaders of the Future" list identifies 30 men and women ages 30 and younger as emerging leaders in their fields and community. Honorees are nominated anonymously by civic, political, and business leaders.
"To have grown up reading Ebony and to receive this acknowledgment is truly an honor," says Sims. "It is a humbling experience to be a member of such a prestigious list and to know that others recognize my accomplishments and service."
For more than 12 years, M. D. Anderson's Administrative Fellowship Program has developed the leadership skills of young hospital administrators and given them a competitive advantage in the health care business field. The program, under the institution's Office of Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief, allows fellows to shadow key leaders, become familiar with the institution and develop a project portfolio based upon his or her chosen concentration.
As a hospital administrative fellow, Sims is spending a year learning from, and working with, senior leadership at M. D. Anderson including Gerard Colman, vice president and chief of clinical operations.
"This is a tremendous honor, not only for Jyric, but also for M. D. Anderson and its distinguished fellowship program," says Colman. "Jyric's considerable work ethic and his contributions to the institution and his community will serve us all as he continues a career in health care administration."
Sims has a master's degree in health services administration from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and human movement science from Louisiana State University. Before arriving at M. D. Anderson, he completed various internships with organizations around the country, earning national awards and holding leadership positions that attest to his determination and desire to help others.
"Most of the top leaders in health care acquire fellowships after graduate school," says Sims. "To have the opportunity at M. D. Anderson, an internationally respected and recognized institution, is even more satisfying."
Sims considers himself fortunate and acknowledges his success would not be possible without his family and mentors. In addition to this award, his greatest accomplishment is seeing one of his mentees awarded a nationally competitive scholarship.
"My passion to serve others and to be an example drives me to succeed," says Sims. "Working at M. D. Anderson, an institution that serves thousands of cancer patients a year, allows me to pursue my goal and help more people. If you find your passion, you truly will never work a day in your life."
Sims hopes to eventually become a chief executive officer of an integrated health delivery system that will offer a broad platform to serve those around him.